After winning his second 800-meter run national championship last Sunday, junior middle-distance runner Bryce Hoppel was named to The Bowerman Award semifinalist list Thursday by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
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Hoppel is one of 10 semifinalists for the award, which will be cut down to three athletes June 20. The Bowerman is the top award in track and field and is awarded to the top male and female collegiate athletes each year.
After not being on the watchlist for the entire 2019 season, Hoppel made great strides this past season by winning 19-straight individual races in the 1,500 and 800-meter runs. This included the Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor 800-meter titles, as well as the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division I 800-meter titles.
Hoppel also set the Kansas indoor record (1:46.46), as well as the second-fastest Kansas and No. 5 NCAA outdoor time (1:44.41).
Hoppel is the second Jayhawk to be named to the semifinalists list after former Kansas hurdler Michael Stigler in 2015.
The 2019 Bowerman Award male semifinalists are as follows:
Mondo Duplantis, LSU
JuVaughn Harrison, LSU
Grant Holloway, Florida
Bryce Hoppel, Kansas
Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin
Chris Nilsen, South Dakota
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
Payton Otterdahl, North Dakota State
Anderson Peters, Mississippi State
Daniel Roberts, Kentucky